EINPresswire.com/ — AVACEN Medical Helps Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) 24-Month Pilot Study – Subjects More Social, Alert, and Talkative

CARLSBAD, CA – January 22, 2024 – AVACEN Medical (AVACEN) shared the Language Skills results from the double blinded phase of its independently conducted 12-family, placebo-controlled pilot study of ASD children, ages 4-17*.

The Fielding Graduate University IRB approved study is entitled: “The Fever Effect: Do kids with autism do better when they use a device to warm their blood? Effects of a six- week AVACEN Treatment Method on Autism Spectrum Disorder.”

autism breaking newsThe Autism Society estimates that 70 million people worldwide have ASD. The CDC estimates that the rate of ASD in children has skyrocketed, from 1 in 150 in the year 2000 to 1 in 36 in 2020. Research conducted on the costs associated with ASD in the United States (e.g. Croen, et al. 2006) determined that the average costs for children with ASD were twice as high compared to other children for hospitalizations, clinic visits, and prescriptions.

ASD “Fever Effect” – In 1980, when a viral infection swept through a therapeutic nursery for children with autism at Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital in New York, the hospital staff reported that the children were more social, alert, and talkative while feverish (Sullivan, 1980). When their fevers faded, so did those behavioral improvements. It is not unusual for parents with children on the spectrum to experience those same dramatic “Fever Effect” conditions.

The results demonstrated that just like the “Fever Effect,” the children became more social, alert, and talkative.”

— Thomas Muehlbauer, AVACEN Medical Chairman
According to AVACEN Medical Chairman, Thomas Muehlbauer, “The extensive 24-month study was conducted, using the FDA-Cleared, Class II, AVACEN HOME (FKA AVACEN 100) dry heat therapy device to noninvasively and safely warm their blood systemically, simulating a low-grade fever. The results demonstrated that just like the “Fever Effect,” the children became more social, alert, and talkative.”

The study also evaluated changes in pragmatic language and behavior, parents’ stress levels, Autism symptom severity and reductions in sleep problems previously reported by parents of ASD children and adolescents.

According to Frances Poteet, Graduate Researcher at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California who acted as Principal Investigator – “We have likewise seen exciting results relating to improved sleep quality and quantity without the use of medications. This is significant because sleep problems are among the most urgent concerns for families coping with ASD.”

Joshua Feder M.D., a board-certified family and child psychiatrist practicing in Solana Beach, California acted as Study Advisor. Dr. Feder, who researches ASD commented – “Although the size of this study is small, this study offers new insights in the evaluation of treatments by rating video samples of subjects before and after treatment.”

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